Kevin De Bruyne’s thunderous goal helped Manchester City to secure a 1-1 draw against Real Madrid in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semifinal at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Manchester City’s unbeaten streak continues with a crucial draw against Real Madrid
Manchester City extended their unbeaten streak in all competitions to 21 matches with a vital draw against Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal game. The game had an electrifying start with both teams looking to make an impact, but City dominated proceedings in the early stages.
Thibaut Courtois saved early chances from De Bruyne, Rodri, and Erling Haaland for Pep Guardiola’s team. However, against the odds, Real Madrid took the lead through Vinicius Jr’s stunning goal.
The game became more intense in the second half, with Real Madrid taking control. However, City responded with a screamer from Kevin De Bruyne, tying the game. The Belgian’s kick from the same distance as Vinicius Jr’s goal struck the bottom corner of the net, making him the first player in Champions League history to score in consecutive knockout games against Real Madrid.
Wide-open game for the second-leg
The result leaves the feeling that both teams can make it through to the Champions League final. The fate of both clubs will be decided at the Etihad Stadium in a contest viewed as a potential final.
City has been the best team in Europe this season, and they showed their class against Real Madrid. They controlled possession throughout the game, which frustrated the home team’s supporters, who booed them relentlessly. Real Madrid, on the other hand, failed to create clear-cut chances, with Vinicius Jr.’s individual brilliance providing the sole goal.
Manchester City has been on an impressive run of form this season, winning 17 of their last 21 games in all competitions. They lead the Premier League and will face Manchester United in the FA Cup final next month. A win in the Champions League will cap off an exceptional season for the Citizens.
The second leg of the semifinals promises to be an exciting match, with both teams aware of the stakes. Manchester City will try to prolong their unbeaten run and reach their first Champions League final, while Real Madrid will look to add to their record 14 European titles.